Changes afoot at Inveraray & District

Published: March 25, 2014
(Page 1 of 1)

Inveraray_logoInveraray & District, one of the world’s most popular, successful and talented pipe bands, is undertaking several significant changes this spring as the young group looks for an extra edge to push it to the very top.

The band has reportedly appointed Alasdair Henderson to the position of pipe-sergeant following the departure of Dougie Campbell, who had held the position for several years, and who was considered by many to be instrumental to the band’s sound and success.

No reason has been given by the band for Campbell’s exit, although several sources have said that it was the ultimate result of years of friction with the band’s leadership, as well as an influx of new young players. It is not known if Campbell has joined another band.

Henderson takes the pipe-sergeant post after several years in Inveraray, following a sting in Grade 1 rivals ScottishPower. Well known in solo piping circles, Henderson’s most recent success was winning the Silver Medal at the Northern Meeting in Inverness, Scotland, last September.

Inveraray & District has also reportedly changed its chanter setup, dropping wooden Sinclairs for new plastic G1 instruments matched with reeds by David Chesney. The band had been playing G1 chanter reeds with the Sinclairs. Inveraray had been testing other makes of chanters over the winter, again according to sources, and ultimately settling on the G1, made in Kirkcaldy, Scotland.

Inveraray & District competing at the 2013 World Championships.

Inveraray & District competing at the 2013 World Championships.

Leaders of the band did not respond to requests for comment.

Among those joining the band are Greig Canning, the former pipe-major of the Grade 1 Dysart & Dundonald Pipe Band and a prominent solo competitor on the Scottish circuit.

The band enjoyed a significant year in 2013, highlighted by its triumphant Pre-World’s “Ascension” show at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and subsequent release of a double-CD. The story of Inveraray & District’s rapid rise to the top has been well-documented, with the band taking only six years to reach Grade 1 after its start as a Novice Juvenile band in 2005.

VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 3.7/5
VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +2

GET THE MOBILE APP!
The new pipes|drums app offers the same publication with a streamlined experience. Get the latest news optimized for your smartphone.
Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play
THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
July 27Roddy MacLeod sweeps all four events at Lochearnhead, 1986; James Campbell born, 1916.
MOST RECENT POST
  • Touch blackwood
    Thu, 6 Jul 2017
    “There’s plenty of time for despair,” a friend likes to say when playing golf after someone hits an iffy shot. Rather than assuming that the ball went into the bunker, he encourages you to err on the side of optimism … Continue re …
Read more »
UPCOMING EVENTS July 28, 2017New Brunswick Highland GamesFredericton, New Brunswick

July 28, 2017Durness GamesDurness, Scotland

July 29, 2017Halkirk Highland GamesRecreation Park, Halkirk, Scotland

July 29, 2017Scottish Pipe Band ChampionshipsLevingrove Park, Dumbarton, Scotland

July 30, 2017St. Andrews Highland GamesStation Park, St Andrews, Scotland

TIP OF THE DAY
Pipers: Always ask yourself, Where has the reed been? Remember that all makes of pipe chanter reeds need a bit of moisture. To put some into it without a lick or a sook try the “heavy breath,” like when you want to “fog up” a window or your eyeglasses.
Donald MacPhee, reedmaker, Alexandria, Scotland